GeForce GTX 560 Ti - Your Questions Answered

Justin Walker, Product Manager of the GeForce GTX 560 Ti, answers your questions on NVIDIA's latest GPU.

First of—tell us a little about the GeForce GTX 560 Ti—who’s this card for and where does it fit in NVIDIA’s GPU lineup?

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti is made for gamers looking for a high end gaming experience. It offers a fantastic balance of high-end performance, price and, power and delivers the best performance available for under $250.

How does the GeForce GTX 560 Ti compare to the GTX 460? Is the card more similar to the GTX 460 or the GTX 580?

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti is based on the same architecture as the GeForce GTX 460 but shares the same transistor-level performance and power efficiency improvements that we introduced in the GeForce GTX 580. On average, it's about 33% faster than the GTX 460 and 21% better in performance per watt. This puts its performance about half way between the GTX 460 and GTX 580.

Most gamers don't want to have to constantly upgrade their hardware. How future-proof is the GeForce GTX 560 Ti with regard to upcoming games?

Most modern high-end graphics cards today can handle a console port without too much difficulty. The real key to future-proofing is the ability to play advanced PC titles using the latest gaming technology like DirectX 11.Game developers are using DirectX 11 in two key ways: tessellation for detailed geometry and compute shaders for advanced visual effects. To handle these features, a GPU needs a lot of tessellation and shading horsepower.

The GeForce GTX 560 Ti has eight tessellation engines, which is much higher than what you'd expect for a GPU of this class. We pushed the CUDA cores (which are responsible for shading) to 1645MHz, the highest clock speed of any Fermi GPU. The end result is a GPU that is really punching above its weight. If you take a look at 560 Ti performance on advanced DX11 games like Hawx2, Lost Planet 2, Metro 2033 and Civilization 5, you can see this future looking GPU flexing its muscles.

How does the GeForce GTX 560 Ti perform in the popular games like Call of Duty: Black Ops, Battlefield Bad Company 2, and Starcraft II?

On a decent system, you should be able to play all these games at maximum settings at 2560 x 1600 with antialiasing enabled. Check-out the Optimal Playable Settings section of Geforce.com to get the more details the best settings.

A lot of GeForce 8800 GT owners are waiting for the right time to upgrade. What kind of difference are they going to see if they upgrade to a GeForce GTX 560 Ti?

The difference in performance between the 560 Ti and an older DX10 card like the 8800 GT is stunning. The 560 Ti averages about 3.4x faster in gaming performance. In addition, it supports DirectX 11. In a game like Crysis, that means the difference between gaming at ‘medium’ setting vs. ‘very high’ settings.

This is a great time to upgrade if you're still holding on to a DirectX 9 or 10 class GPU. Games today are using DX11 for some stunning visual effects and you’ll see more great DirectX 11 titles throughout 2011.

How well does the GeForce GTX 560 Ti scale in SLI? Is it better off getting two of these or a single GTX 580?

All GeForce graphics cards have excellent SLI scaling and the 560 Ti is no exception. A pair of 560 Ti’s in SLI will deliver performance that will exceed even the fastest single GPU in the world–the GTX 580.

The benefit of getting the GTX 580 is that you can upgrade it further. And it goes without saying that two GeForce GTX 580s in SLI puts everything to shame :)

How well do you expect the GeForce GTX 560 Ti to over clock?

We designed the GeForce GTX 560 Ti with overclocking in mind. While over-clockability will vary from card to card, most 560 Ti GPUs will overclock by at least 10% and many will clock much higher. Our board partners will have a huge variety of factory overclocked cards running at high at 1GHz graphics clock!

3D gaming is becoming quite popular. Will gamers be able to view pictures, movies, and play games in 3D with the GeForce GTX 560 Ti?

The 560 Ti has full support for 3D Vision, which will allow you to view pictures, watch movies and play games in full stereoscopic 3D. The 560 Ti has enough gaming performance to deliver a great 3D gaming experience.

Finally, Crysis 2 is coming out pretty soon, so we must ask the famous question: but will it run Crysis 2? :)

Oh yes. It will make Crysis 2 look gorgeous. :)

Thanks for your time Justin.

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